A Partner with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Sanford W. Stark focuses on federal tax controversy and litigation. He counsels on a range of complex domestic and international issues, including a substantial emphasis on transfer pricing.
Mr. Stark advises clients in various industries and on all aspects of the controversy process, including pre-audit, audit, appeals, Advance Pricing Agreements and Competent Authority (now APMA), and the federal trial and appellate courts. Sanford’s transfer pricing experience includes significant focus on identifying and valuing intangible property, and further includes transfer pricing planning and internal restructurings.
Sanford is a member of the Bloomberg BNA Transfer Pricing Advisory Board, and he teaches “Introduction to Transfer Pricing” as an adjunct professor in the Graduate Tax Program of Georgetown University Law Center. Sanford is the co-author of "Transfer Pricing: Litigation Strategy and Tactics", BNA Tax Management Portfolio, 893 T.M. (2010). Additionally, Sanford frequently speaks on transfer pricing, tax controversy, and litigation topics. He is a member of the American College of Tax Counsel.
While serving as a trial attorney in the Tax Division of the US Department of Justice, Sanford litigated many tax issues in the federal courts and received the Tax Division’s Outstanding Attorney Award. Previously, he clerked for Judge Peter Hill Beer, US District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana.
J.D., Duke University School of Law (1991) with high honors
B.A., Yale University (1988) cum laude
Sanford W. Stark, B.A., cum laude, Yale University (1988); J.D., with High Honors, Duke University School of Law (1991); Member, Alaska Law Review and Moot Court Board; Law Clerk to the Honorable Peter Hill Beer, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (1991–92); Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division, Civil Trial Section (1995–99); Adjunct Professor, LL.M. (Taxation) program, Georgetown University Law Center (“Introduction to Transfer Pricing” and “Survey of Transfer Pricing”) (2009–); Member, American Bar Association, Section of Taxation, Transfer Pricing Committee, Foreign Activities of U.S. Taxpayers Committee; Member, bars of the District of Columbia and Illinois.
Bloomberg Tax Management Portfolios
This Portfolio discusses the unique strategic and procedural considerations attendant to contesting through the administrative process and, if necessary, in litigation a transfer pricing dispute identified during the examination phase.